Crothersville senior Katrina Christian’s 36-point explosion propelled the team to a victory, and made a little history, against Lanesville on Saturday.
While the win came first, a personal accolade also was in play for Christian.
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Christian, now with 423 points through 19 games, currently boasts the school record for most points in a single season at Crothersville.
The former benchmark was set by Brooke Prather, with 400 points during the 2009-10 season.
“It really means a lot to me,” Christian said. “This year, I’ve broken a lot of records held by phenomenal basketball players. It means so much to know that I’ve become a part of Crothersville history and my name will be in the record books for years to come.”
After a sluggish start, the Tigers (13-6, 2-2 SAC) used a second-half push to earn a 62-47 Southern Athletic Conference win against the Eagles (5-15, 0-5 SAC).
Baskets by Christian and Kashmir Kelshaw gave the Tigers their first lead of the afternoon at 7-5 with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
Christian converted an and-one before the end of eight minutes, as the Tigers led 12-10.
Carmen Jacobs amassed six points for the Eagles as they outscored the Tigers 12-8 in the second quarter.
At half, the Eagles led 22-19.
In the locker room, coach Kevin Hensley challenged the Tigers to play with more urgency and aggression.
“I had to get on their tails a little bit at halftime because they weren’t playing like themselves,” Hensley said. “I think it might have woken them up a little bit.”
The Tigers responded to the coach’s challenge, roasting the Eagles for 28 third quarter point with 15 from Christian.
Crothersville opened on a 10-2 run by the 6:02-mark before 16-6 run in the final 5:08 of the quarter. Both Lacey Hall and Maddie Riley contributed four points in that stretch for the Tigers.
After 24 minutes, the Tigers led 43-34.
A 3-pointer by Piper Hensley opened the fourth quarter before Christian scored the Tigers’ next eight points to lead 61-44 with 1:39 left in the game.
The Tigers then emptied their bench en route to the victory.
On the boards, the Tigers out-rebounded the Eagles 34-27. Christian pulled down 14 rebounds.
Forward Peyton Sonner topped the Eagles with 20 points.
Saturday’s contest marked the third straight day with a game for the Tigers. Crothersville also will play at Medora today before hosting Austin on Tuesday.
“The girls haven’t complained about it,” Hensley said. “They haven’t shown fatigue or anything. I think they like it, they’d rather play game than practice.”
Crothersville has won three consecutive games.